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Old 01-16-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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I had new ball valves installed above my washing machine and I noticed arrows on the side of them. They are pointing up and the water flo would be coming down, is this right and if not can it cause a problem? Thank You for any help.

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Old 01-16-2008, 04:51 PM   #2
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Arfe they the type that has drain caps on the side? If not it isn't an issue on domestic water.

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Yup, I always try and install ball valves with the solid side towards the water source. Doing it the other way won't cause any problems though.

Those little drain fittings are next to worthless, I wouldn't worry about it even if it did have one.
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Yup, I always try and install ball valves with the solid side towards the water source. Doing it the other way won't cause any problems though.

Those little drain fittings are next to worthless, I wouldn't worry about it even if it did have one.

True it really only matters on high pressure steam, gas, or something similar. The drain fittings work fine if they are taken off when you solder. It's the same as having an 1/8" hole in the pipe when you need to drain off the water.
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They usually work fine for about five years. Try removing one from an old valve. If it doesn't snap off it's clogged.
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Never had one snap off, I used to carry a tiny drill bit to clean them out to drain for soldering.

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